Please join us!

We are a NEW local Chapter.

Seminars, advocacy for the Hard of Hearing community, social events, support & volunteer opportunities

  • you are never alone in your hearing loss- 48 million people in U.S. have it
  • meet a new friend
  • learn technology for hearing loss



HLAA-Indianapolis is an affiliate of HLAA National. Please visit www.hearingloss.org for the National webpage.

Our mission is to open up the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing education, information, support and advocacy.

We believe sharing our hearing loss journeys through socialization, advocacy, information, and education is important for hearing health. Our organization is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization offering support to all ages who have hearing loss.

There are over 48 million people in the United States who have hearing loss. Today one in five people have hearing loss. The National Hearing Loss Association of America has existed for over 30 years helping people learn how to best cope. It used to be called the Self Help Hard of Hearing (SHHH) organization when it started. In addition, through our advocacy efforts, affiliates located in all 50 states we have made monumental changes in recent years through legislation and policy on behalf of those with hearing loss.

Come learn more about us and meet new friends who have hearing loss.

We also offer volunteer opportunities to serve the community. If you are interested, please contact us.

HLAA – Indianapolis Chapter Meetings for 2019

All meetings are on 1st Saturdays of the month.

Locations vary so look carefully at the schedule.

All meetings provide CART text displayed on large screen & StreamText LIVE to cell phone/computer (link below).

Time:10:45am to 12:15pm with social hour of 10:30am to 10:45am.

Aug 28 (Wed) 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Social outing Mallow Run Winery:

6964 W Whiteland Rd., Bargersville IN (see below)

Sep 7 At Irvington Public Library, 5625 East Washington St Indianapolis

Speaker: Julie Steele (Advanced Bionics) Importance of Listening Practice/ Bio

Sep 30 (Monday) SAVE THE DATE for a special evening presentation by the National HLAA Audiologists and Get In The Hearing Loop Campaign-National Advocate Dr. Juliette Sterkens to speak in a LOOPED space so switch on your telecoils. Hosted by our Chapter. (See below for details). This is one event you definitely don't want to miss! Event Location: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1660 Kessler Blvd East Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46220 . FLYER link.


Oct 5 At Irvington Public Library, 5625 East Washington St Indianapolis

No Speaker. Support Discussion with an Exercise.

Nov 2 Thanksgiving potluck & meeting. (Extended time 10:30am-2:30pm.)

Speaker: Lori Isaacs, Speech Pathologist

At new location:Glendale Branch, Public Library, 6101 N Keystone Ave, Indianapolis (Located in Glendale Shopping Center, entrance next to Staples).

Dec 7 Christmas potluck & meeting. (Extended time 10:30am-2:30pm.)

At Irvington Public Library, 5625 East Washington St Indianapolis

NO MEETINGS IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2020

ANYONE CAN JUST COME TO A MEETING.

YOU ARE ALL MOST WELCOME.

RSVP to Vandana vkadandale@hlaa-indianapolis.org Free event. Spaces limited.

Meeting Locations:

1. Irvington Public Library: 5625 East Washington St Indianapolis 46219

2. Glendale Public Library:6101 N Keystone Ave Indianapolis 46220

3. Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1660 Kessler Blvd East Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46220


Irvington Public Library

Glendale Public Library

Northminster Presbyterian Church

Special Event: Our Chapter is Hosting a special speaker (Wed Sep 30) to the local community-Dr Juliëtte Sterkens

Audiologists and interested public members are ALL invited to this special event. Save the Date!

Our Chapter is hosting a Special Speaker open to all interested parties, including local audiologists.

Sep 30 Juliette Sterkens -Save the Date!

Juliëtte Sterkens took a leave from her audiology practice to take on the position of Hearing Loop Advocate for HLAA, traveling across the country to meet with HLAA Chapters and audiologists about the importance of telecoils and how to get a hearing loop project started in their community.

We will have this meeting in a Looped Auditorium for all to experience enhanced hearing through the use of telecoils in their hearing aids.

Location: Northminster Presbyterian Church (1660 Kessler Blvd East Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46220) MAP

Click to play Dr Sterkens' presentation to HLAA National on Youtube.

More about us:

Volume 2 - Issue 6 - Summer 2019.pdf

Our Newsletter is just one of the benefits of joining our Chapter.

Flyer for HLAA- Indianapolis Chapter- Aug. 2019 updated.pdf

Regular meetings are held with live captioning displayed on an overhead screen for members to follow.

Thank you to our Remote CART* provider, Susan Wollenweber Dezelan, who kindly does our meeting captions, gratis.

*CART stands for Communication Access Realtime Translation. CART is a service in which a certified CART provider listens to speech and instantaneously translates all the speech to text.

Meetings also have a StreamText link to provide live captioning during a meeting in order for anyone to follow via their device. (smartphone/computer/iPad etc.)

Surveys – Your Input is Valuable

Americans with Disabilities Act

The Southwest ADA Center is conducting research to investigate the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Center is asking people who have personal or professional experience on disability issues to complete this survey.

Share Your TV Viewing Experiences

A TV service provider along with Horowitz Research wants to better understand the needs of TV viewers with different hearing needs in order to help provide more accessible features with their entertainment platform. Please complete this short survey. It should not take more than 10 minutes and all information given will be held in the strictest confidence.

Please use the “Continue” button at the bottom of the survey page to move from page to page. Do not use your browser's Back and Forward buttons. If you can't log on, or have any problems or concerns, please contact research@horowitzresearch.com. Thank you. Your input is important.

Privacy and Confidentiality: Horowitz Research is a full-service market research firm that values your privacy. All of your responses will be kept confidential and only reported in aggregate. Your personal information will not be sold or traded to any direct mail companies.

Please support this local event.

Donate your old Hearing Aids.

Hearing Aid Donation Center.pdf

Donate your old hearing aid (link to above form) when you attend our chapter meetings. We are a donation center for hearing Charities of America. www.HearingAidDonations.org All donations are tax deductible and you will receive a letter of acknowledgement.

Our meetings are a place where you can feel comfortable with others who have hearing loss too.

You are never alone!

Other ways to support this Chapter:

Add HLAA-Indianapolis Chapter as your charity of choice to your Amazon account and help us achieve our mission with every Amazon purchase. Click on the link below and HLAA-Indianapolis Chapter will be added once you log into your Amazon account. Thank you.












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Thank You For Your Support.








Thank you Susan Dezelan and to Caption First's Kathy Cortopassi, for being our Remote CART providers. We are most grateful for the donation of your time and skill.